Dyson’s DC22’s is a compact and powerful canister vac that looks like a cyberpunk chain gun. Though it’s extremely good at its job, the $800 price tag highlights its few flaws and places it out of the price range of many shoppers.The edition tested is the “Motorhead,” pitched to those with pets. It differs from the standard model mostly in the attachment, which whips up hair using motorized bristles just like an upright vac. Like the standard model, which is $100 cheaper, it comes with a telescoping standard attachment and heads for use on stairs, hard and carpeted floors. The DC22 weighs 18 pounds, is 16 inches long, and uses the same cyclonic technology as other models from Dyson. A 1/3 gallon bin clips off for easy emptying, and the cord is just over 16 feet long.
The high-tech head made fast work of open rooms, but was also pokey enough to get into tight places: the best of both worlds. It’s designed to be easily stored, too, but not every head has a place to “click in” on the vac’s body.
In testing, it had to be emptied twice to vacuum a mostly-carpeted 2300 sq ft house inhabited by two hairy mutts. Expect about 800 square feet of coverage per load, unless you’re a slob or a yeti breeder.
– Great suction
– Motorized attachment makes it a match for uprights
– Small size good for stairs, car seats and storage
– 5 year warranty
– Short power cord
– Low capacity.
– Complex internals don’t look terribly sturdy